When Hector “HECZ” Rodriguez begrudgingly left esports mainstay OpTic Gaming final yr, he relinquished a world well-known model he had helped construct from the bottom up at a time when dizzying success amongst gaming organizations was not but a phenomenon.

He had not solely pioneered a dominant aggressive membership, but in addition moulded its picture by video platforms and social media in a fashion the remainder of the business has since used as a blueprint. He walked away from that effort amid disagreement with OpTic Gaming’s dad or mum firm, Immortals Gaming Membership, which held a majority stake after he beforehand bought majority management for monetary help.

“It was a part of my being,” HECZ instructed ESPN in September 2019. “I noticed it as one thing that I used to be.”

On Wednesday, HECZ introduced that he had reaquired OpTic Gaming and would flip Chicago’s Huntsmen group into OpTic Chicago within the Name of Obligation League. He launched a video concerning the transfer wherein he introduced out his previous OpTic gadgets from storage, together with a diamond pendant.

The transfer introduced pleasure to an esports group that acknowledges HECZ as a remnant of a extra genuine time earlier than aggressive gaming was infused with gobs of company cash.

“Dude I am so f—ing hyped,” HECZ mentioned in his announcement video after struggling for phrases.

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Beneath are a few of the celebratory social media reactions to HECZ’s return to OpTic: